Government Relations

Greetings and welcome to the Politics of Travel, post St. Patrick’s Day and beginning of March Madness! Can you believe it has been a whole year? Click here to review a year of GBTA COVID Surveys

ARP: As we discussed in the last Politics of Travel, Congress passed, and the President signed the $1.9 Trillion American Recovery Plan. The plan invests billions of dollars to increase the availability of COVID-19 vaccines, expand testing capacity, and bolster the public health system’s ability to respond to the virus. Our friends at Cornerstone Government Affairs produced an excellent break down of the bill. 628 pages reduced to two

EU DIGITAL GREEN CERTIFICATE: Please see this note from our friends at Grayling Public Affairs. The European Commission attempts once again to draw an exit plan from the COVID-19 restrictions, this time going beyond mere recommendations and proposing a legislative initiative.

The Digital Green Certificate is an EU level approach to issuing, verifying and accepting certificates to facilitate free movement within the EU, based on a strict respect for non-discrimination and of the fundamental rights of EU citizens. The goal is for it to be put in place by mid-June, to ensure security, interoperability, as well as full compliance with personal data protection.

GBTA was pleased with the announcement and believes it is a positive step for restoring travel for those vaccinated or not. We understand the Biden Administration is considering the U.S. travel industry’s push on this subject.

BI-PARTISAN TRAVEL: Members of the Senate and House, Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) along with U.S. House of Representatives Steven Horsford (D-NV), Darin LaHood (R-Ill), and Jimmy Panetta (D-Calif.-20) unveiled the Hospitality and Commerce Job Recovery Act of 2021, this legislation, supported by the travel industry would provide comprehensive relief and recovery measures for the convention, trade show, entertainment, travel and hospitality industries and their workers.

The bill seek to create new recovery incentives for hospitality and trade shows, extend the employee retention tax credit to reduce layoffs and keep Americans employed, create a perishable food and beverage credit to help small businesses cover costs of inventory lost during COVID closures, and provide a tax credit for middle class families to jumpstart travel when safe. Bill Text

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Shane Downey
Vice President, Government & Community Relations